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| December 22, 2011

Understanding power for workers

union jobs mean a better community

Union organizers don't have an easy task ahead of them. Workplace politics, stress and anti-union sentiments can take their toll. It's important for organizers to recognize how fear and power can be used to undermine their cause. This workshop outlines how to empower workers and create a safe place where they can conqueor their fears. 

The workshop from Organizing for Power details:

Exercises so workers can recognize how workplace hierarchies can create fear

Identify and confront their fears through discussion

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Lisa Raitt's three principles of labour law

Posted below is a slightly longer version of my column in today's Globe and Mail regarding the Harper government's highly creative approach to making up labour law on the run.

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| October 3, 2011
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Case of unpaid treeplanters shows critical weakness in government monitoring

September 29, 2011
| Some long overdue wages have finally been paid to 57 tree planters, more than a year after they were found living in squalid conditions in B.C.
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Profile of displaced workers

There's an interesting new research report from Statistics Canada, by Ping Ching Winnie Chan, Rene Morissette, and Marc Frenette, profiling the workers who were displaced in the recent recession, and comparing the outcomes to previous recessions in earlier decades (the downturns of the early 1980s and 1990s). Workers Laid Off During the Last Three Recessions is part of StatsCan's Analytical Studies series.

I haven't been through the report in detail and can't comment on the methodology, but here are some of the interesting (and often surprising) findings:

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Agriculture workers take part in Toronto's annual Labour Day parade

Agriculture workers take part in Toronto's annual Labour Day parade. Photo: Meagan Perry

Related rabble.ca story:

Worker power in an age of uneven austerity

Any time commentators speak of a new 'age,' powerful assumptions quickly become entrenched in our thinking. An 'age of austerity' now encompasses many western economies as governments launch fierce campaigns against workers to lower public sector wages. At the same time, capital has taken a 'wait and see' attitude resulting in an unprecedented hoarding of surplus and thereby limiting investment and real job creation. As unions are put on the defensive by austerity measures, calls for broader working-class organizations from diverse groups on the left have become commonplace. Difficult questions remain around how to build such formations and what role organized labour can play, if any, in their development.

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